[meteorite-list] Meteorites on the moon

From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri Sep 1 04:45:15 2006
Message-ID: <009401c6cda2$ed028840$1447e146_at_ATARIENGINE>

Hi, Rob, List,

    The ratio of the areas of Earth:Moon is roughly 16:1, but
the deflection caused by Earth's stronger gravitational reach
makes the ratio of impacts about 18:1.
    The lunar impact rate is a more accurate measure of the
meteroid flux in the vicinity of the Earth's orbit than the Earth's
impact rate is, for that reason.
    Even lunar gravity has a "focusing" effect in attracting
meteroids. The actual "space" flux of meteroids is calculated
to be about 85% to 86% of the rate implied by the impact rate
on the Earth.
    It's much harder to figure out an accurate rate of impacts on
the Earth, though. As a result, we have no firm figure to multiply
by 0.85.

Sterling K. Webb

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob McCafferty" <rob_mccafferty_at_yahoo.com>
To: <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 3:01 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Meteorites on the moon

> ...lunar impacts are rarer than Earth ones due to the
> weak gravity of the moon and not just it's smaller
> cross-section.
> Rob McC
Received on Fri 01 Sep 2006 04:45:06 AM PDT

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